Three people were killed, and 17 others were injured on Sunday after a shooting and car crash near a bar in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, authorities said.
In a news conference Sunday afternoon, Chattanooga Mayor Tim Murphy said there were “a lot of families” who have been “forever shattered” by the shooting.
“Once again, we have people deciding to resolve their issues with firearms,” Kelly said. “While we’re still trying to gather the facts in this case, we know that many of the acts of violence in our community have revolved around a very small group of people, often the same people – over, and over again.”
“Here’s my message to those individuals: We will relentlessly pursue you with all the resources we have available at our disposal.”
At a news conference Sunday, Chattanooga police Chief Celeste Murphy said there were 14 gunshot victims and three people were struck by vehicles. Murphy said two people died from gunshot wounds and one person died from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle while fleeing the scene.
Murphy added that it was believed multiple shooters were involved in the shooting, which occurred near Mary’s Bar and Grill on McCallie Avenue in downtown Chattanooga. Murphy added that the wounded victims included one juvenile. She added that several of the victims were in critical condition.
Authorities are searching for multiple shooters. No arrests were immediately made, said Murphy. “We’re trying to determine exactly what happened and what led up to this taking place,” she said, adding that it’s her department’s belief that the violence was an isolated incident and there’s no ongoing public safety threat.
The violence came a week after another shooting in downtown Chattanooga on May 28 left six people wounded. Police at the time said two groups of people began shooting at each other in a non-gang-related attack around 11 p.m., with no one intended target. Some of those wounded were unintended victims.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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